Bread and salt. Wine. A broom or a bag of flour. Honey, pineapples, and even bluebirds – a symbol of happiness – have been granted to people moving into new homes over the centuries.
Fall is a busy time to relocate, and many people have recently moved due to the pandemic-related changes in work, school and family life.
So if you’re looking for modern housewarming gifts to go with (or replace) traditional gifts, we’ve got some interior designer suggestions for new tenants and new owners.
At the main gate
Baylee Floyd, a designer based in Orlando, Florida with the online platform Decorist, suggests giving your friends a welcome mat. “An entrance doormat is always a great gift. I get personalized and monogrammed doormats to help them really feel at home, ”she says.
Etsy.com and others offer customizable rugs, or you can shop at Grandin Road, Frontgate, and Birch Lane for initialed coconut rug designs.
The Elysia Home Letterfolk Doormat comes with a bag of 75 hex tiles for new tenants or owners to create their own welcome message.
Leia T. Ward, founder of LTW Design in New Canaan, Connecticut, likes the idea of giving a little connectivity.
“An Alexa or Echo (may) seem random,” she says, “but it’s great for extra spaces that homeowners don’t usually tend to buy smart speakers for, like a patio, a garage, home office or bathroom. “
Or how about a house key locator?
“A GPS locator for their key chain is a great housewarming gift,” says Ward. “It seems random and unimportant until they really need it.”
If they already have the Finder, you can update the keychain itself by purchasing a monogrammed one. Mark & Graham offers models with tassels in Kelly green, black, red or blush leather.
If new movers are looking for a bohemian vibe, consider Natural Life’s hand-painted wooden flower hooks, which could go next to the door, on a porch wall, or really anywhere.
For the walls
Seattle designer Elizabeth Herrera offers a personalized house portrait. “Upload a special photo to minted.com and they’ll create a standard typography or printed design,” she says. You can choose the style, mat and size of the frame when you order.
Whether recipients have moved to Chicago, New York, San Francisco or Texas, designers at Minted have created cool canvas papers for each of those cities, delivered in framed bulletin boards perfect for kitchens or offices. home.
Chatbooks, which lets you connect your Instagram or camera to create photo books, prints, or cards, also has a wall tiling option. Print the images on square canvas frames with movable adhesive backing; perfect for tenants.
Whispart on Etsy will create a personalized heart-shaped or house-shaped card of the new digs; add as many details as you want, then upload and frame.
Make yourself confortable
City dwellers might like a soft tropical leaf or succulent pillow from Green Philosophy Co; they’ve partnered up with the nonprofit Trees for the Future, so sales of pillows and throws support planting initiatives around the world.
Another ecological idea: The Polished Jar offers reusable bottles for personal and household products like soaps, lotions, etc. Choose plastic or glass, and you can customize further with a sleek metallic or matte black pump, as well as a waterproof label. Available individually or in sets including an elegant tray.
Bring a pleasant scent into your new home with the Otherland’s Manor House Weekend soy candle collection. The fall version has notes of smoked maple, cardamom, toasted nuts, pear and apple.
Homesick’s New Home candle, a blend of jasmine, cedarwood, lime and sandalwood, can be personalized with a personal message on the jar label.
If you know your recipients well enough to buy them a gift that visits them every month, a subscription box can be useful. There are a lot of options, and they can take the guesswork out of decorating.
“I like to give my friends who have new homes a monthly vacation decorating subscription box,” says Floyd. “Because it’s either their first home and they don’t have a lot of decorations, or they just don’t have time to decorate for the holidays because they just moved in.” “
Boise, Idaho designer Mikayla Keating had a suggestion for lovers of flowers and plants in homes or apartments.
“Fresh flowers always make a new home welcoming and assembled,” she says.
At Bloomsy Box, a bouquet comes from fair trade farms, wrapped in eco-friendly paper and shipped monthly. Subscription options include pet-safe bouquets and mixed arrangements, as well as a New York Botanical Garden-inspired subscription; part of its sales help support the work of the Garden in phytology and conservation.
For those looking for plants that are easy to maintain, The Sill offers several subscription options.
Are new residents art lovers, but not?
“A great way for your friends to decorate their homes is to purchase an artistic membership,” says Keating. “This is ideal when you are unsure of their style or if they have a hard time choosing works of art for themselves. “
A gift card allows them to register for Art Crate, complete the style quiz, and an in-house curator will help them choose an art print from a freelance artist; they choose the size and format, and they can cancel whenever they decide their walls are satisfied.
Tableware, wall decorations and cushions are among the possible gifts in one of Deocrated’s seasonally prepared boxes.
Cooking and entertaining
Knife blocks and cheese platters are classic housewarming gifts. If you want to take it up a notch, consider Crate & Barrel’s monogrammed serving tray in mango wood, marble and inlaid brass for the initial. The retailer also offers table and wall knife holders from Schmidt Brothers Cutlery, made from acacia wood in warm hues.
Or think of Material Kitchen reBoards, cutting boards made from recycled plastic and cane, and available in a rainbow of beautiful hues.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series Limited Edition Light and Shadow Stand Mixer has the wow factor; the base is a creamy milkshake shade and the bowl is matte black, textured with a studded design that will entice your recipients to put it front and center on the kitchen counter.
This milky shade is also available on a slim but powerful semi-automatic espresso machine, blender and coffee grinder from KitchenAid.
Mark & Graham’s offers several chic serving platters, pitchers and blankets that can be personalized in a variety of fonts.
The New Jersey Wildwood House Gift Shop features intricately carved maple, cherry or walnut bottle stoppers made in Maine by Captain John Coppola, who learned woodturning from the shop’s co-owner’s father. Here, too, there are eye-catching woven baskets, perfect as a tote in any room. The purchases help support basket craftsmen in the Bolgatanga agricultural region in northern Ghana.
Or consider chic picnic supplies like a personalized rattan tote, wine and cheese backpack, steel or copper growler, acrylic glasses, and linen napkins, all with monograms available.
Cook is a freelance writer for the Associated Press.